Originally Posted by David_W
This is interesting. Note the remark, that they're open to a stand-alone HD-DVD player "whenever consumers demand it".
But, hey...the dual-format player is music to my ears.
Sony must be grinding their teeth.http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/news/...DVD_Player/578
If you take a step back and look at the big picture: This really changes nothing.
The precedent is already out there: The LG Dual format player is a complete bust.
Like that player, these dual units will probably appeal to some HD-DVD only folks that want a backdoor way out from Toshiba land to "something better" and yeah, they'll just happen to have some BD support at that point as well.
Certainly this Samsung will probably be alot less buggy than anything Toshiba's put out thus far... and hey, what the heck, you buy a couple of those BD discs that have been eating away at you for a few months, like Casino Royale. See how that works?
There's nothing here for either of these players for someone who's already bought into BD whatsoever. Blu-ray owners already have nice hardware, 90 percent studio support. Very few, if any BD people will even blink at these things.
Just my opinion ofcourse
And shared by many BD exclusive people
After that, of course, we come to the fence sitters and the folks that were "allegedly going to carry HD-DVD to the quick finish line" in the form of average joe/Joe Six pack.
^^ This is a mantra you couldn't get away from a year ago and you still hear it today.
It's the kiss of death on any venture out of the gate when you're placing your hopes on Joe Six Pack.
But I digress...
J6P is going to continue to be apathetic and possibly even more confused than they are now. Who wouldn't be?
THD discs, combo players, and two seperate HD formats will simply keep most of those people well into DVD land. Honestly, who can blame them?
How ridiculous is this: Buy a combo player and then buy your combo discs...I guess you flip a coin that night to see which format version you're in the mood to watch?
I don't know guys....it just seems so pointless!
(especially when it's all over one studio)
Samsung and LG both make lots of money in lots of ventures. They can afford to throw these glorified experimental peices out there at relatively minimal loss and risk. If anything, (And IMHO) these combo players are charity life rafts to HD-DVD only supporters. They get to keep all their HD-DVD stuff and they get their foot in the "BD-Door" if you will.
Fox? Disney? Sony Studios? MGM/UA? There's only one way and one place to get all those movies and that's with BD.
So, if anything, these combo players will be a negation and a very slight indirect positive for BD.
Just another perspective to think about.
Curious to see if duo player is the route we'll see other companies like Onkyo, Denon, and Meridian (among others) take. These companies have been doing the universal trick in DVD for years now.
Time will tell...